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Creator Marshall, James G., 1904-1988.
Title James G. Marshall scrapbooks
Dates of Creation 1957-1966.
Physical Description 3 flat archives boxes.
Language of Material English
Scope & Content The James G. Marshall Scrapbooks contain clippings from Madison, Wis. newspapers from 1957 to 1966 documenting activities of the Madison, Wis. City Parks Office and other related municipal entities. Article topics include Park Department administrative activities, athletic events, the development of city golf courses, contamination of local beaches, the expansion of Warner Park, measures taken to control Dutch elm disease, land development, and day-to-day activities at the Vilas Park Zoo, including many items on individual zoo animals. Covered in depth are the controversies surrounding the architect Frank Lloyd Wright's designs for Monona Terrace, the development of the Monona causeway project, the acquisition of Cherokee Marsh, and the debate over building a community pool. Marshall was Madison's first parks superintendent, and although these scrapbooks were compiled by or for him, it is unclear if they were kept for personal or administrative reasons.
Admin/Biographical History James G. Marshall was born on February 27, 1904 in Lake Forest, Ill. He received a degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Illinois in Urbana, Ill. In 1927, he took a position as city forester in Madison, Wis. When the park administration system was set up in 1932, Marshall became the assistant superintendent; he stepped into the top job in 1937. During Marshall's tenure, the parks system grew from 350 to over 3000 acres. The expansion of the park system under his guidance included the development of Olbrich, Hoyt, Warner, and Hill Farms parks, the enlargement of Olin Park to Olin-Turville Park, and designation of Cherokee Marsh as a park conservation area. He also directed the development of three city golf courses: Monona, Odana, and Yahara Hills, as well as many neighborhood parks. A 27-acre park was named in his honor in 1961 in commemoration of his "dedicated, conscientious service" to the City of Madison.

Marshall was a fellow in the National Recreation and Park Association, a life member of the Wisconsin Park and Recreation Society, past chairman of the Park and Recreation section of the League of Wisconsin Municipalities, board director of the Madison Zoological Society, past president of Friends of Our Native Landscape, member of the American Institute of Park Executives, member of the board of directors of the Madison Salvation Army, and a member of the Olbrich Botanical Society, the Westminster Presbyterian Church, the Professional Men's Club, the Rotary Club, the Zor Shrine Temple, and the Madison Curling Club.

Marshall and his wife Margaret had three children: Jane, James G., and William. He died on June 22, 1988.
Archival History Presented by James Marshall, Madison, Wisconsin, August 1972. L72.002
People Marshall, James G., 1904-1988
Wright, Frank Lloyd, 1867-1959
Subjects Parks
City planning
Land use
Places1 Madison (Wis.)
Institutions1 Madison (Wis.). City Parks Office.
Institutions2 Monona Terrace (Madison, Wis.)
Local Search Terms Monona Terrace Convention Center
Madison Parks Dept. (Wis.)
Object Name Scrapbooks
Call Number ARM 72-01
Catalog ID Number L1972.002.0002